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SBIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

In June 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for our program expansion. This marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center focused on the art of film and is an incredible opportunity to expand our mission of educational outreach. Particularly important to SBIFF is making available high quality learning opportunities for underserved and vulnerable populations. Our programs and reach are more robust than ever before.


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SBIFF's Outstanding Directors and Panelists

  OUTSTANDING DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter Honoring Paul Thomas Anderson (LICORICE PIZZA), Kenneth Branagh (BELFAST), Jane Campion (THE POWER OF THE DOG), Ryusuke Hamaguchi (DRIVE MY CAR), and Steven Spielberg (WEST SIDE STORY) THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2022 8:00PM - ARLINGTON THEATRE AND PANELISTS FOR SBIFF’S INDUSTRY PANELS ANNOUNCED PLUS THE ADDITION OF A NEW ANIMATION PANEL Paul Thomas Anderson (LICORICE PIZZA), Kenneth Branag...

SBIFF's Variety Artisans Award honorees

VARIETY ARTISANS AWARD Sponsored by Variety Honoring  Tamara Deverell Frederic Aspiras and Göran Lundstrom  Germaine Franco  Greig Fraser  Lin-Manuel Miranda  Paul Massey  Kelly Port  Peter Scriberras  Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan MONDAY, MARCH 7th, 2022 8:00PM - ARLINGTON THEATRE Variety’s eighth annual Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciti...

Oscar nominated Kristen Stewart just brought a red carpet thrill to SBIFF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Last night at the 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) when Kristen Stewart arrived, you could actually hear the crowd roar outside in the light rain behind the makeshift metal gates along the street outside the Arlington Theater. And that’s how #KStew, in her fan shorthand, brought the post-pandemic thrill back to SBIFF when she accepted the American Riviera Award. Part of the magic was a black and white feather...

SBIFF in Tweets: Outstanding Director Award last night

by Quendrith Johnson, filmfestivals.com Los Angeles Correspondent Not to say that Steven Spielberg phoned it in last night, but the WEST SIDE STORY teller had to appear by video link at the 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) due to what Executive Director Roger Durling said was? "They tested positive for Covid." Did he mean Spielberg, who looked healthy as a peach on the link? Or Jane Campion on the screen from New Zealand? Perhaps DRIVE MY CAR&#...

"Pasang: in the shadow of Everest" beautiful story of the first Nepali, woman to climb the Everest - SBIFF Interview

PASANG: IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST SBIFF 2022 Interview by Emmanuel Itier with director Nancy Svendsen, Pasang’s daughter Dawa Futi Sherpa and Nepali Mountain climber Dawa Yangzum Sherpa.   Q: What inspired this film and what were you trying to explore with it?   Nancy: I knew about the exploit of Pasang, this amazing, first Nepali, woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest. This was an inspiring woman, full of courage. It is a universal story for our times and for al...

SBIFF's Virtuosos Award honorees announced!

  VIRTUOSOS AWARD PRESENTED BY UGG HONORING CAITRIONA BALFE (BELFAST), ARIANA DEBOSE (WEST SIDE STORY), JAMIE DORNAN (BELFAST), ALANA HAIM (LICORICE PIZZA), CIARÁN HINDS EMILIA JONES (CODA), TROY KOTSUR (CODA), SIMON REX (RED ROCKET), AND SANIYYA SIDNEY (KING RICHARD), SATURDAY, MARCH 5th, 2022 SBIFF has just announced the recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG®, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy p...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival is live

    The SBIFF film festival will go on! And we thank you for your support. We cannot wait to see you and share time and movies together. We look forward to coming together this March to safely celebrate the magic of cinema. The festival is much more than an accumulation of movies, it's a family gathering, a show of community, and we are besides ourselves with anticipation to see you and experience it all...safely.  Film lineup and schedule available on the S...

SBIFF's Closing Night Film - DIONNE WARWICK: DON'T MAKE ME OVER

SBIFF 2022 will close on Saturday, March 12 with DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER, with the iconic singer in attendance. With timeless hits such as “What the World Needs Now,” “Say a Little Prayer,” and “Don't Make Me Over,” Dionne Warwick is a star who took charge of her career and smashed through cultural, racial, and gender barriers to become the soundtrack for generations. Behind her iconic music is a strong woman whose fierce determinat...

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN will open Santa Barbara March 2

OPENING NIGHT FILM PRESENTED BY UGG THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2022 - 8:00pm   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS SBIFF 2022 will start with the Opening Night Film, presented by UGG®, on Wednesday, March 2 with the U.S. Premiere of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN. Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, managed to gain entry to the qualifying round of The British Open Championship in 1976, despite never having played a round of golf. He shot the worst round i...

Lineup announced for the 37th SBIFF

  We are pleased to announced the highly anticipated lineup for the 37th SBIFF, presented by UGG®, which will be in-person March 2 - 12, 2022. The festival will feature 48 world premieres and 95 U.S. premieres from 54 countries, along with tributes featuring the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs. “It brings us an unbridled joy to share our slate for this edition of SBIFF. After two years of incertitude, it feels go...

SBIFF's Cinema Vanguard Award honoree Benedict Cumberbatch announced!

CINEMA VANGUARD AWARD HONORING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th, 2022 Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 37th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He will receive the award on Wednesday, March 9th following an in-person conversation about his career leading up to this year’s performance in Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG from Netflix. "He’s an intelligent, enigmatic and dee...

Filmfestivals.com will be covering locally the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Emmanuel Itier will be conducting interviews with some of the 2022 SBIFF Filmmakers.  He is based in Santa Barbara and a regular contributor to the portal! Www.WonderlandEntGroup.com  An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier ...

SBIFF's Outstanding Performers of the Year Awards to Will Smith Kristen Stewart and Aunjanue Ellis

Outstanding Performers of the Year Award Honoring Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis Sunday, March 6th, 2022 – 8:00pm Arlington Theatre American Riviera Award Honoring Kristen Stewart Friday, March 4th, 2022 – 8:00pm Arlington Theatre ...

Interview - Christiaan OLWAGEN for POPPIE NONGENA - Santa Barbara

POPPIE NONGENA   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   Director: Christiaan OLWAGEN   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me why you chose this film and what you were trying to achieve with it?   Christiaan: The film is based on a famous South African novel and I always knew about it. It was even taught in school. I got contacted by the producer to film it. I read the novel in one setting and I was blown away by this account of this woman’s life in ...

Interview - Jessica Kavana Dornbusch for REEFA - Santa Barbara Fest

REEFA Directed by Jessica Kavana Dornbusch Interview by Emmanuel Itier     Q: Tell me about the choice of directing this tragic movie and what did you want to create, impact, wise?   Jessica: At the forefront for me was to explore the immigration issues in America. This is a tragic true story and I even understood more the sacrifice occurring when I met the family of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez. It’s the irony of this story that you have a family comin...

Interview with the best short doc winner at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021

PAN HOOT   “Winner of Best Doc Short at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021”   Director: Richard REENS Interview by Eùmmanuel Itier Q: How did you get involved with this inspiring Doc? What was the attraction to the subject matter?   Richard: I have been a filmmaker and especially a commercial director for years. Good friends of mine who funded this project know the main protagonist of my doc, Stany Nyandwi, for over 14 years. They thought his story w...

36th SBIFF Award Winning Films

  Herewith the award-winning films for the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "We were so happy to have persevered and have brought a strong slate of films and a sense of continuity with this year’s SBIFF. We look forward to seeing you all in person next year!” stated SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling. The films were chosen by jury members Tony Anselmo, Antwone Fisher, David Freid, Li Cheng, Geoffrey Cowper, Patricia Rosema, Siqi Son...

Interview - Ashish Pant for THE KNOT - Santa Barbara

THE KNOT   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With Director: Ashish Pant   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me how this film came together for you?   Ashish: It is based on an event that really happened to me when I was a kid in India, in the city of ‘Lucknow’ in the North. I was 7 and my dad was driving us for lunch to my grand-mother’s place. As we were at a light and had the way to pass, a scooter came from the left and collided with our car...

Interview with Casey McGarry director of two shorts showing at SBIFF: “ELECTRIC LADY” et “VUJA DE”

Director: Casey McGarry  Two Shorts at the Santa Barbara film festival : ELECTRIC LADY – VUJA DE Q: Tell us about the genesis of these two docs?   Casey: For the last 6 years or so, I’ve been making SB themed short to medium-length documentaries for the film festival and there’s no better feeling than lifting up your local community using this particular medium. Finding an inspiring, unique and local story on an ordinary person who lives among us here i...

SBIFF announce this year’s panelists for the Industry Panel series

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The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is thrilled to announce this year’s panelists for the always riveting Industry Panel series.   “Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented. The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year’s slate is possibly the best ever!” comments Roger Durling, SBIFF’s Executive Director.   The Producers Panel brings together some of the indus...

SBIFF's Producers, Writers, and Women's Panels announced!

Producers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 11:00am Writers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 2:00pm Women's Panel - Thursday April 8th @ 2:00pm Panelists listed below! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS "Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented.  The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year's slate is possibly the best ever!" commented Roger Durling, SBIFF's Executive Director. We are thrilled to announce this...

Make your Thursday 4/1 Drive-in at SBIFF

CLICK HERE TO RSVP Reservations for Thursday April 1st at SBIFF's Drive-In Theatres are now open! The schedule is below and read all about the films on the SBIFF app and by clicking here. 8:30 AM - One-Way to Moscow 9:30 AM - Poppie Nongena 12:00 PM - By Your Side (À la folie) 1:00 PM - La Recua - The Mule Pack Train 3:30 PM - We Will Never Die 4:30 PM - The Forbidden Strings 7:00 PM - Run Woman Run 8:00 PM - The Cinderella Addiction Admission is 100% FREE. ...

Interview - Tim Plester (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) for BACKYARD VILLAGE - Santa Barbara

BACKYARD VILLAGE   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With actor: Tim Plester (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1043031 ) Interview by Emmanuel ITIER for filmfestivals.com       Q: How did you get to play this interesting English man lost in the land of Island?   Tim: I met Marteinn Thorsson, the director of “Backyard Village”, a few years ago. Almost 10 years ago when I was in Iceland for a vacation. We had an amazing time and while we were...

GOODBYE BUTTERFLY Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik

GOODBYE BUTTERFLY   Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik by Emmanuel ITIER for filmfestivals.com    Q: How did this project come together?   Tyler: I had put together some financing for another project and it all fell apart. But I still had a third of that financing and I had to make a very low budget. I then decided to come up with this story of 3 people in a room. This is how our film was born and how it came to be. I was just t...

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